It's the start of the war between the Systems Commonwealth and the Nietzschean fleets. Captain Dylan Hunt and his ship the Andromeda Ascendant try to flee the first Nietzschean attack to warn the Commonwealth. In his attempt to escape, the Andromeda and Captain Hunt are caught in the event horizon of a black hole and frozen in time for 300 years.moreless
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Captain Dylan Hunt
Refractions of Dawn
Goof: During the fight between Dylan and Rhade, Dylan shoots Rhade in mid-air. Rhade can clearly be seen to be shot in the stomach. When Dylan rolls the body over to say a last few words to his former friend, the scorch marks show he was shot in the chest.
Dylan states the The Systems Commonwealth consisted of over a million member worlds, in three galaxies. The three galaxies were the Milky Way, Andromeda, and the Triangulum.
It was established later in the series that the Andromeda was frozen in time for approximately 303 years, from CY 9784 to CY 10087.
By the Earth calender, the years in which the series takes place are 5161-5164.
Harper: (making an adjustment to the engines) Okay, if this works, in about ten seconds you're gonna have one big burst of power.
Beka: And if it doesn't?
Harper: Well then, I hope Rev Bem has some major pull upstairs.
Dylan: This is Captain Dylan Hunt, commander of the Systems Commonwealth Starship Andromeda Ascendant. I've been told the Commonwealth has fallen. Maybe that's true. But there's still one place where the Commonwealth endures, and that's on this ship. MY ship. I understand you intend to loot the Andromeda and sell what's left over. I promise you, that is not gonna happen. You have fifteen minutes to restore the Andromeda's control capabilities and withdraw to your own vessel, or I will retake my ship by force. Hunt out.
Rev: You'll be fine. Keep your eyes open. Use your head.
Harper: Or whatever it is you think with.
Rev: Trance - your helmet?
Trance: Oh, right.
Harper: I AM A GOD! Whooo!
Rev: I'm going to build a hospital on Kingfisher.
Harper: Kingfisher? Isn't that the world where you were, uh...
Rev: ...BORN. Yes. My people did some terrible things on Kingfisher. If I can do anything to help to alleviate the suffering that they caused... that I caused... it will be well worth it. In a way, I'll be trying to buy absolution. Which makes me just as selfish as any of you.
Harper: Luck? Luck?!? This is a High Guard ship of the line. The pride of the old Commonwealth perfectly preserved. When they made up the phrase 'They don't make 'em like they used to', this ship is what they were talking about. It is THE big score. The Shangri-La. It's the Holy Grail of interstellar salvage.
Rhade: Give up. You can't win.
Dylan: I told you before...
Andromeda: Time dilation is increasing.
Dylan: ...pessimism is not a survival trait!
Dylan: You know what your problem is, Rhade? You talk too much.
Andromeda: I wish you wouldn't do that. What if your anti-grav harness failed and I couldn't catch you in time.
Dylan: Oh, Andromeda, you wouldn't let that happen, because then you'd have to break in a new captain.
Beka: That is my point. I want you to treat every boarding just like your first one. I want you to double-check everything. Hell, triple check it. I'd hate for any of you to end up like Vexpag.
Rev: Your predecessor.
Trance: Oh! He's the guy who retired. Didn't you say he bought a farm?
Harper: THE farm. He bought 'The Farm'!
Trance: Well, what's the difference?
Beka: Torn pressure suit and a bad emergency seal.
Trance: Oh, that is different.
Gerentex: Anything yet? Or are you people still poking around like blind men?
Harper: You'll be the first to know.
Gerentex: This is growing so tedious, Captain Valentine. I paid you for results.
Beka: And you'll get them. But in case you haven't noticed, there's about ten trillion cubic meters of vortex out there, and only twenty million cubic meters of ship.
Harper: Which just goes to prove how AMAZING I am.
Gerentex: You found it?
Harper: For my next trick, a needle in a haystack.
Dylan: This is the captain. All hands abandon ship. Repeat. All hands abandon ship. Use every available escape pod and drone. Get away from the Andromeda as fast as possible, then scatter. Make your way to Acomba One Starport and warn the High Guard what's happened here.
Dawn: What about you?
Dylan: I have an idea.
Dawn: You always do. You're gonna need a good pilot.
Dylan: I ordered you to abandon ship.
Dawn: Let the record show that First Lieutenant Refractions of Dawn respectfully refuses to comply. If we live through this, you can court martial me.
Dylan: You are one stubborn bug.
Dawn: What's the human expression? Guilty as charged.
Rhade: Thompson. That battery compromised his entire sector.
Dylan: He's a bright kid. He'll learn.
Rhade: If he lives long enough.
Dylan: Ever the cynic. You know, I can't wait to hear your toast at my wedding. 'To Dylan and Sarah. I'm sure you'll have a long and happy life together. Unless you die.'
Rhade: Nietzscheans don't believe in optimism. It inhibits survival.
Dylan: So does pessimism.
Rhade: I'm glad you're getting married. You may not be properly engineered, but your genes are sound. You should reproduce.
Dylan: Thanks, I hope Sarah agrees with you.
Rhade: I'm sure she does. As the great philosopher wrote: 'Man is for woman a means. The end is always a child.'
Dylan: I take it back. You're not a cynic, you're a romantic.
Rhade: Captain, all stations manned and ready.
Andromeda: Elapsed time, three minutes twenty-seven seconds.
Rhade: (Shouting to the crew next to Dylan's ear) Too slow!
Dylan: (trying to clear his ears) Too loud!
(Rhade fires his force lance, killing Dawn. He and Dylan exchange fire, and Dylan dives behind a console)
Rhade: I tried to warn you.
Dylan: What are you doing?
Rhade: Ensuring the survival of my people. The Commonwealth is weak. It bargains with its enemies, it compromises. My people are engineered to be perfect! And the Commonwealth is no place for the strong.
Dylan: So the Nietzscheans decided to destroy it.
Rhade: We spent years preparing, waiting, arguing. For a long time, I opposed the destruction of the Systems Commonwealth. So did many others. The Treaty of Antares changed all that.
Dylan: The Magog.
Rhade: Yes! The Magog. Savages. Predators. They eat sentient beings. They reproduce by rape. They killed over a billion people on Brandenburg Tor. They destroyed the Nietzschean colony on Hawking. And what did the Commonwealth do?
Dylan: We made peace with them!
Rhade: You compromised with monsters! The blood of over a billion people cried out for vengeance, and you made peace. You have sown the wind. You shall reap the whirlwind.
If the Commonwealth's High Guard had a weakness, it was this: It's officers were too competent, too caring, and too brave.
Yin Man-Wei, The Rise and Fall of the Systems Commonwealth, CY 11942.
Elizabeth Thai, the actress who plays Refractions of Dawn insisted on doing her own stunts during the fight scene on the command deck. The gel-pack that was used to simulate the Than blood was extremely hot, and burned her thighs when it was detonated.
-This episode aired in Canada on October 7, 2000 on Global.
-This episode aired in the UK on October 9, 2000 on Sky One.
-This episode aired in Australia on August 3, 2002 on Fox 8.
Kevin Sorbo (Dylan Hunt), Lisa Ryder (Beka Valentine), Lexa Doig (Rommie), Gordon Michael Michael Woolvett (Harper), Laura Bertram (Trance) and Steve Bacic (Gaheris) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the finale, "The Heart of the Journey (2)."
The fight between Dylan and Rhade was voted #9 in the Top Ten Scenes at the official site.
When Harper is asked what would happen if his method for getting extra power will not work, he answers "then I hope Rev Bem has a major pull up there". Bem begins chanting a strange prayer: ''Yisgadal... ve'Yiskadash... Shmey Raba." These words are in Aramaic, and mean "May His name be celebrated and sanctified". It is the first verse of the Jewish Kaddish prayer, recited in an Ashkenazi accent.
In 1973, the TV-movie pilot Genesis II was created by Gene Roddenberry, though his plans for syndication were canceled in favor of the syndicated Planet of the Apes series. In Genesis II, people in a post-apocalyptic future discover the body of a man named Dylan Hunt in an excavated NASA building who has been in suspended animation for 150 years, and who tries to help mankind rebuild society.
In one scene, Harper talks on the intercom. Before he says anything, he whistles. The whistle is the same sound as the intercom on the Enterprise on the show Star Trek.
Harper: I'm telling ya. The guy is huge. He's like...some kind of Greek God or something.
This is a reference to Kevin Sorbo's previous series
Rhade: You have sown the wind. You shall reap the whirlwind.
Biblical quote from the book of Hosea: "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind..." Hosea 8:7
In biblical tradition, Gog and Magog were major players in the Apocalypse, symbolic of the forces of chaos and evil.
Named for the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, whose idea of Ubermenschen (the so-called "supermen") presumably inspired their creation.
This is an homage to the famous British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. He is probably best known for his theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, which is today known as Hawking radiation.
In Greek mythology, Hephaestus was the god of fire but was best known as the god of the forge. He was one of very few "ugly" Greek gods and the only one with a handicap. His Roman equivalent was Vulcan.
The Rhade are a tribe of mountain peoples in Laos and Vietnam. Little was known about the Rhade until the French established contact in the 19th century.
Sir Gaheris was a figure in Arthurian legend, and a knight of the Round Table. He was the former squire of his older brother Sir Gawain and the nephew of King Arthur. He died at the hand of Sir Lancelot.
In Latin Gerentex literally means "Manager".
In Greek mythology, Andromeda was a beautiful princess who was saved from a sea monster by the hero Perseus. She was both the great-grandmother and sister-in-law of Hercules, who was played by Kevin Sorbo on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
The title of this episode comes from a poem by W.H. Auden, entitled September 1, 1939. The phrase is found in the final stanza of the poem.
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